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Christina Lochman Balk
October 8, 1907 - March 8, 2006

Professor Emerita of Geology
Dept of Earth and Environmental Science 
New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM 87801

B.A., M.A., Smith College 
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University 

(photo courtesy of New Mexico Tech Archives)

Dr. Balk was appointed to the Geology Department in 1955. Being world renowned as a Cambrian trilobite expert, she immediately made the department world famous. In addition to being a world-famous paleontologist, she could also teach any courses offered in the department including optical mineralogy if necessary. The addition of Dr. Balk helped enable the department to increase the graduate offerings to a PhD in Earth Science. (courtesy Clay T. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Geology) Dr. Balk died on March 8, 2006, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 98. (ObituaryEl Defensor Chieftain)

Research Interests
Cambrian-Ordovician trilobites, shallow marine carbonates, Paleozoic stratigraphy

1996 - Awarded President's Citation from The Paleontological Society
Fellow - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Christina Lochman Balk Fellowship
Established in 1986 by Dr. Balk to support student research in earth science.

Robert Balk Fellowship
Established in 1964 by Christina Balk, in memory of her husband, a geologist, to support student research in geology.

Selected Publications
Lochman-Balk, Christina, 1972, Cambrian System, in Mallory, W.W., ed., Geologic atlas of the Rocky Mountain region: Denver, Colo., Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, p. 60-75.

Lochman, C. 1971. The Cambrian of the Craton of the United States. - In: Holland, C. H. (ed.). Cambrian of the New World. Lower Palaeozoic Rocks of the World. Vol. 1: 79-167, London, New York, Sydney, Toronto (Wiley & Sons).

Lochman-Balk, Christina, 1970, Upper Cambrian faunal patterns on the craton: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 81, p. 3197-3224.

Lochman-Balk, C. & Wilson, J. L. 1967. Stratigraphy of Upper Cambrian-Lower Ordovician subsurface sequence in Williston Basin. - Bull. Amer. Petrol. Geologists, 51 (6): 883-917.

J. Paul Fitzsimmons, Christina Lochman-Balk, eds., 1965, Guidebook of southwestern New Mexico II : Sixteenth Field Conference, October 15, 16 and 17.

Lochman, C. 1964. Upper Cambrian faunas from the subsurface of Deadwood Formation, Williston Basin, Montana. - J. Paleont., 38 (1): 33-60.

Lochman, C. & Hu Ch. H. 1962. Upper Cambrian faunas from the northwest Wind River Mountains, Wyoming, Part III. - J. Paleont., 36 (1): 1-28.

Lochman, C. & Hu Ch. H. 1961. Upper Cambrian faunas from the northwest Wind River Mountains, Wyoming, Pt. II. - J. Paleont., 35 (1): 125-146.

Lochman, C. & Hu Ch. H. 1960. Upper Cambrian faunas from the northwest Wind River Mountains, Wyoming, Pt. I. - J. Paleont., 34 (5): 793-834.

Lochman, C. & Hu Ch. H. 1959. A Ptychaspis faunule from the Bear River Range, southeastern Idaho. - J. Paleont., 33 (3): 404-427.

Harrington, H. J., Henningsmoen, Gunnar, Howel,- B. F., Jaanusson,, VaIdar, Lochman-Balk, Christina, Moore, R. C., Poulsen, Christian, Rasetti,Franco, Richter, Emma, Richter, Rudolf, Schmidt, Herta, Sdzuy, Klaus, Struve,, Wolfgang, Tripp, Ronald, Weller, J. M., and Whittington, H. B., 1959, Systematic descriptions, in Moore, Raymond C., ed., Treatise on invertebrate paleontology, Part 0, Arthropoda 1: Lawrence, Kansas, Geological Society of America and the University of Kansas Press, p. 0170-0526.

Lochman-Balk, C. & Wilson, J. L. 1958. Cambrian biostratigraphy in North America. - J. Paleont., 32 (2): 312-350.

H. L. Jicha, Jr. and C. Lochman-Balk, 1958, Lexicon of New Mexico geologic names: Precambrian through Paleozoic, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Pub. 61,  137 p.

Lochman, C. 1956. Stratigraphy and paleogeography of the Elliptocephala asaphoides strata in Cambridge and Hoosick quadrangles, New York. - Bull. Geol. Soc. America, 67 (10): 1331-1396.

Lochman-Balk, Christina, 1956, The Cambrian of the Rocky Mountains and southwest deserts of the United States and adjoining Sonora province, Mexico, in Rogers, John, e.d., El Sistema Cámbrico, su paleogeografía y el problema de su base; parte 2, Australia, América: Congreso Geológico Internacional, 20, México, D.F., p. 529-661.

Lochman-Balk, C. 1955. Cambrian stratigraphy of the south and west margins of Green River Basin. - Wyoming Geol. Assoc. Guidebook, 10th Ann. Field Conf.: 29-35.

Lochman, C. 1950. Upper Cambrian faunas of Little Rocky Mountains, Montana. - J. Paleont., 24 (3): 322-349.

Lochman, C. 1949. Paleoecology of the Cambrian in Montana and Wyoming. - Report of the Committee on a Treatise on Marine Ecology, 9: 31-71.

Lochman, C. 1948. New Cambrian trilobite genera from northwest Sonora, Mexico. - J. Paleont., 22 (4): 451-464.

Lochman, C. & Duncan, D. 1944. Early Upper Cambrian faunas of central Montana. - Geol. Soc. America, Spec. Pap., 54: 181 pp.

Lochman, C. 1940. Fauna of the basal Bonneterre Dolomite (Upper Cambrian) of southeastern Missouri. - J. Paleont., 14 (1): 1-52.

Lochman, C. 1938. Middle and Upper Cambrian faunas from western Newfoundland. - J. Paleont., 12 (5): 461-477.

Lochman, C. 1938. Upper Cambrian of the Cap Mountain Formation of Texas. - J. Paleont., 12 (1): 72-85.

Lochman, C. 1936. New trilobite genera from the Bonneterre Dolomite (Upper Cambrian) of Missouri. - J. Paleont., 10 (1): 35-43.

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